CANSO’s objectives in Europe are to support Members deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable air traffic management system across Europe; and strengthen air traffic management (ATM) performance. To achieve this we act as the voice of the ATM industry in Europe with aviation industry partners and European institutions; represent the interests of air navigation service providers; and seek to steer the development and implementation of European legislation. CANSO’s Europe Region leads CANSO’s policy and lobbying input into the European Union bodies (Commission, Parliament, Council), EUROCONTROL, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), SESAR Joint Undertaking and the SESAR Deployment Manager, as well as to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); and coordinates air navigation service provider (ANSP) best practice in the region. Much of the focus is on shaping and influencing the Single European Sky initiative. CANSO is a member of the following European organisations: European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) and European ATM Standards Coordination Group (EASCG).

Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3)

The Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) governs and directs CANSO’s work in Europe, within the framework of CANSO’s global policies and positions. EC3’s key objective is to focus CANSO’s influence in the development of the Single European Sky and its impact within and outside the European Union. EC3 is supported by the Director Europe Affairs and a number of subsidiary groups and task forces, dealing with a wide range of issues and in liaison with the Europe branches of the other industry associations.

CANSO Europe Coordination Meeting (CECM)

The CANSO Europe Coordination Meeting (CECM) works under the guidance and instructions of EC3 to develop policies and actions on matters of strategic interest to CANSO’s Europe Members. CECM deals with issues such as implementing the Single European Sky (SES); the work of SESAR, EASA, and EUROCONTROL; participation in the ATM Social Dialogue; and liaison with the Europe branches of the other industry associations.

CANSO Europe Safety Group – CESAF

CESAF works under the guidance and instructions of EC3 in close coordination with CECM on all ATM matters related to safety. It deals with the development of European safety regulations and their implementation in close cooperation with EASA and EUROCONTROL.


Task Forces are established to work on specific topics decided by CECM, based on the strategic objectives of the Europe Region and the related work plan for each year.

EASA Task Force – deals with the specific rulemaking activities in EASA on ATM matters through the relevant EASA consultation bodies and groups.

Technical Task Force – covers all technical and partly operational issues resulting from the Interoperability Regulation of the Single European Sky regulation, the European ATM Masterplan development of the SESAR Joint Undertaking and consultations for the SESAR Deployment Manager.

Policy Task Force – prepares all comments and contributions on the continued development of the Single European Sky regulation and its resulting Implementing Rules as far as the overarching institutional framework and the roles of the different European institutions related to ATM are concerned. It also coordinates CANSO input to various EUROCONTROL consultation bodies.

Performance and Financial Task Force – the central body for CANSO to coordinate its Members’ views and needs in the definition and development of the European Performance Framework under the SES; as well as consolidated input to the European Commission and the Performance Review Body on the setting of performance targets for the different Reference Periods of the European Performance Scheme.

Social Dialogue Task Force – works with groups of ATM employees represented by the European Trade Federation (ETF) and the Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) on all matters of the social dimension and change process resulting from the Single European Sky.

Communication Task Force – supports the Director Europe Affairs in all relevant communication matters.

Planning and Coordination Task Force – organises the work of the CANSO Europe Region. It establishes the annual Europe Work Plan based on the EC3 Strategic Objectives and monitors the achievements under the activities of the work plan. It coordinates the related task force structure and links between the different task forces on topics of overarching relevance.


Tanja Grobotek
Director Europe Affairs

CANSO Europe Region
Wetstraat 82, rue de la Loi
1040 Brussels

Tel: 32 (0)2 255 1090
Fax: 32 (0)2 203 8916